Neighborhood Empowerment Network
In 2007, an alliance of residents, neighborhood and merchant associations, non profits and faith based organizations, foundations and academic institutions was created around a simple mission, empowering the neighborhoods of San Francisco with the capacity to steward themselves to a resilient condition. The alliance assumed the name of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) and over the last five years it has leveraged the immense resources and expertise within it ranks to create a ground breaking suite of tools resources and methodologies to advance resilience at the community level in a bottom up grass roots approach.
Vision – Mission – Method
The NEN’s vision is that everyone has the right to live in a safe, clean, healthy, inclusive and economically resilient community.
The NEN’s Mission is to empower residents, and their communities, with the capacity and resources to build strong resilient communities.
The NEN leverages strategic partnerships to develop both programs, as well as a suite of tools and technical resources, that neighborhood stakeholders can leverage as they create safe, clean, healthy, inclusive and economically resilient communities
Organizationally sponsored by the San Francisco General Services Agency and the Department of Emergency Management, the NEN is a collaborative comprised of community organizations, city agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. Click here to see our list of partners…
NEN Steering Committees
ExecutiveDirector,SF SAFEGerald Eisman
Director, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, SFSUDavid Gershon
Founder and CEO, Empowerment InstituteDr. Isabel Wade
Former Executive Director, Neighborhood Parks Council
CEO, Bay Area Red CrossMichael Pappas
Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith CouncilJohn Power
Executive Director, The Volunteer CenterAlessa Adamo
Executive Director – SF CARD
Community Steering Committee
Sunset Community ConvenorDan Nguyen-Tan
Board Member, North of Panhandle Neighborhood AssociationDawn Trennert
Middle Polk Neighborhood AssociationDeb Neiman
Director, Noe Valley AssociationDina Hillard
Organizer, Safety Network, TenderloinErick Arguello
President, Lower 24th Street Merchant and Neighborhood AssociationFoster WeeksBoard Member, Clementina Cares, Inc.Gillian Gillett
President, San Jose & Guerrero Avenue Coalition to Save Our Streets
President, North of Panhandle Neighborhood AssociationMarc Christensen
Vice President, Mission Extension Triangle Neighborhood AssociationMeredith Thomas
Executive Director, Neighborhood Parks CouncilRon Miguel
Planning Association of the RichmondSheryl DavisDirector, Community Convener, Mo’ Magic Western AdditionSteve Adams
President, Merchants of Upper Market and CastroJed Lane
Founder, Friends of Miraloma ParkJudith Berkowitz
President, Coalition of San Francisco Neighborhoods
We depend on the ideas, creativity, and can-do energy of people like you. Contribute to the NEN’s mission to growing the grassroots community movement. See how you can get involved and then get in touch with us.
Get involved with the NEN
Become a NEN Blogger
Do you have community-building experience and wisdom from which your fellow community organizers could benefit? If so, maybe you’re the perfect NEN Blogger! Find out more here about joining the team.
Become a NENtv crew member
We are looking for camera operators, audio specialists, reporters, and video editors to capture the finest examples of the people, projects, and organizations that are making our neighborhoods better places. All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged.
Suggest a NENtv episode
Do you know about a neighborhood story that would be great to share with the world? Drop us a line and let us know.
Join the NEN website team
Our website is constantly changing and improving, thanks to the skills of volunteers like you. If you have web design skills and can work in HTML and/or the WordPress framework, we want to know!
Send us your ideas
Do you have any other ideas how the NEN could be bigger and better? If so, get in touch.
Tell your friends, family, and neighbors
Spread the word about the NEN to your community and be part of the flourishing neighborhood movement.
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